NPL 605/MGT 730: Nonprofit Management
This course examines management principles and practice for nonprofit organizations. Consideration is given to leadership in a nonprofit environment, the motivation of staff and volunteers, the role of the founder and the board, and types and structures of nonprofit organizations.
NPL 610: Nonprofit Governance and Leadership
This course is designed to provide students with a full understanding of the role and responsibilities of American nonprofit boards, individual board members and executive leadership, as well as the interplay of all, and alternative model(s) Through class, readings and assignments, students will learn both the theory and the ideal and compare the latter with the reality.
NPL 615: Nonprofit Financial Management
This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to plan an organizational budget, to implement best practices in financial policies and procedures, to interpret financial statements, to make financial decisions, and to comply with the legal reporting requirements.
NPL 620: Fund Development for Nonprofits
This class offers an overview of fundraising trends, concepts, and strategies. Students will gain an understanding of how fundraising works, and learn how to design contributed revenue programs for charitable nonprofit organizations. Major topics include donor motivation, communicating your organization’s worth to donors, and selecting effective fundraising strategies based on an organization’s individual circumstances. Students will learn how to raise funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Issues of ethics in fundraising will also be explored.
NPL 625: Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Leaders
This course focuses upon strategic planning / strategic management—essential skill areas for the 21st century leader. The course highlights planning models as well as key planning functions. The course is “Grounded in theory; anchored in application.” Students will learn and apply a set of well-established planning tools and techniques.
This course is collaborative, placing shared responsibility for learning upon all participants—students and instructor alike. This course is interactive, featuring a variety of learning tools and approaches. Real work samples are introduced and multiple learning techniques employed.
NPL 630: Law and Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector
This class is about both law and ethics, underscoring that they are not synonymous. Students will gain an understanding of the legal requirements and ethical considerations surrounding everything from starting and dissolving a nonprofit to the laws of fundraising and lobbying. As a class for nonprofit leaders, rather than lawyers, the course provides students with sufficient knowledge of the legal and ethical frameworks to ensure compliance, as well as with the ability to know both the right questions to ask an attorney and the right ethical challenges to present to one’s staff and board to ensure that one’s organization is not only legally compliant but ethically run.
NPL 635: Program Evaluation for Nonprofit Leaders
Program Evaluation for Nonprofit Leaders recognizes that the nonprofit sector has entered the “Age of Assessment.” This course covers both quantitative and qualitative evaluation with special accent upon measuring program outcomes. The course utilizes a well-respected, time- tested evaluation model for evaluation and a hands-on approach to apply concrete, practical tools and techniques. Applications range from preparing an evaluation design to demonstrating specific skills such as developing logic models, designing surveys, and facilitating focus groups. The course does not emphasize statistical or technological applications.
NPL 645: Marketing for Nonprofits
The course will enable participants to understand the advanced principles of marketing and public relations with the purpose of applying them as part of the strategic planning knowledge base required of any high-level non-profit executive. By the end of the course, participants will be proficient in developing a marketing plan and putting these principles to practice.
NPL 650: Issues and Trends in the Nonprofit Sector
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of current “hot buttons” in the nonprofit sector, from social innovation and microfinancing to venture investors and changing political tides and attitudes to LC3s and proposed tax changes. In order to truly keep this class current, more specific topics will be added to the description (and the course content) prior to each semester it is offered.
NPL 652: Leadership Assessment and Evaluation
This experiential course emphasizes the importance of feedback and self-assessment for leadership development. It includes extensive assessment of each participant’s management style and skills based on self-evaluations (using structured questionnaires) and feedback from coworkers, faculty, and other participants. Leadership development experiences emphasize time and stress management, individual and group problem solving, communication, power and influence, motivation, conflict management, empowerment, and team leadership. Each participant identifies skills he or she needs to develop and reports on efforts to develop those skills.
NPL 700: Capstone Project (Independent Study)
The Capstone Project is an opportunity to pursue an independent learning experience focused on a specific aspect of nonprofit leadership based on a student’s interests. The capstone is intended as an opportunity both to integrate all that has been learned throughout the course of the degree program and to explore more deeply a particular subject matter tied to a student’s professional development. Each student will be required to present her/his capstone project both orally and in written form.